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Mavericks' Mark Cuban aids ex-NBA player seen panhandling, reports say
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Mavericks' Mark Cuban aids ex-NBA player seen panhandling, reports say

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Delonte West and Mark Cuban

Reports say Mavericks owner Mark Cuban (right) has reached out to help former player Delonte West, left.

DALLAS — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban reunited former NBA player Delonte West with his mother, Delphina Addison, in Dallas Monday before West checked into a rehabilitation facility in Florida, The Athletic reported Tuesday.

The Mavs confirmed in an email to CNN that Cuban picked up West at a Dallas gas station Monday in an attempt to help get the 37-year-old's his life back on track. However, they declined to provide further comment on the matter.

CNN's attempts to reach West's family have so far been unsuccessful.

According to TMZ, Cuban has been attempting to get in contact with West after a photo emerged on social media of him panhandling at an intersection in Dallas last week.

CNN has not been able to independently verify the photo, and CNN's attempts to reach West's family have so far been unsuccessful.

West's travails, which include bizarre behavior, money woes, a 2009 run-in with the law and a 2008 diagnosis of bipolar disorder that West later questioned, have been well documented since he joined the NBA in 2004.

Following a stellar junior season in which he led the Saint Joseph's Hawks to a 30-2 record and a deep run into the 2004 NCAA Tournament, the Boston Celtics took West late in the first round of the NBA Draft.

West played three seasons in Boston before becoming a journeyman, taking the court for the Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers, the Celtics again and the Dallas Mavericks.

After his 2011-12 season with the Mavs, West spent time in the NBA G League and in professional leagues in China and Venezuela.

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